MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a one-day training that teaches people how to help someone in crisis or showing signs of mental illness or substance use disorder. MHFA can save a life, just like CPR can save someone who can’t breathe or is having a heart attack.

Integral Care began offering MHFA to the community in 2009 through our Crisis Services program. To date, over 1 million people across the country have been trained in MHFA. Integral Care has trained over 3,500 people in Travis County, including representatives from Front Steps, the University of Texas, Austin Community College, Huston-Tillotson University, City of Austin, Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services, Goodwill Industries of Texas, AIDS Service of Austin, Mobile Loaves and Fishes and many more.

Mental illness is common. Approximately 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 50% of mental health issues can be identified by age 14.

Anyone who wants to help someone in crisis.

  • Warning signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illness
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, suicide and substance use disorder
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone in crisis or showing signs of mental illness
  • Professional and self-help resources

Participants also learn a potentially lifesaving five-step action plan to help someone in crisis connect with professional, peer, social and self-help care.

There are two types of MHFA trainings.

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid is for anyone who wants to learn how to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis or showing early signs and symptoms of mental illness and/or substance use disorder.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid is for anyone who works with youth and young adults ages 12-18 and 18-25 who may be in the early stages of a mental health problem or crisis. Instructors review the risk factors and warning signs for this age group. The training emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how adults can help youth experiencing a mental health issue or crisis.

Click below to register. Classes are available weekly in Austin and Georgetown. Thanks to a grant from St. David’s Foundation, no one will be turned away. However, a donation of $10 is welcome.

St. Davids Foundation
Bluebonnet Trails

St. David’s Foundation has graciously awarded Integral Care a Healthy Minds Grant to expand our general MHFA program for both Adults and Youth. Their generosity allows us to provide even more Travis County residents the tools they need to support someone having a mental health crisis or showing signs of mental illness. Integral Care is also partnering with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services to increase access to this potentially life-saving training in the Williamson County area.

Integral Care also receives MHFA funding through the SAMHSA Project-AWARE MHFA Community Grant, Allergan Foundation MHFA Grant, and the State of Texas HHSC MHFA Grant. These grants allow us to offer free MHFA trainings to people who work with transitioning youth ages 16 to 24, first responders and educators (K – 12th grades and institutes of higher education) respectively. If you have questions about these specific trainings, please contact Margaret Milardo at Margaret.Milardo@IntegralCare.org.

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